Vermilion Parish, Louisiana
|Parish of Vermilion|
Museum at Gueydan, Louisiana
Location within the U.S. state of Louisiana
Louisiana's location within the U.S.
|Named for||Vermilion River and Bay|
|• Total||1,542 sq mi (3,990 km2)|
|• Land||1,173 sq mi (3,040 km2)|
|• Water||369 sq mi (960 km2) 24%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||38/sq mi (15/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Vermilion Parish (French: Paroisse de Vermillion) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 57,999. The parish seat is Abbeville. The parish was created in 1844.
Indigenous peoples lived in the area for thousands of years, from different cultures. By historic times, the Chitimacha and Atakapa inhabited the area and were the American Indians encountered by Spanish and French explorers and settlers. The tribes' numbers were drastically reduced as a result of exposure to European diseases to which they had no immunity.
French, Spanish, enslaved Africans, and French-Canadians from Acadia expelled after the Seven Years' War won by Great Britain, had all entered the area by the end of the 18th century. As the population became mostly Cajun, the primary language was French for years. In the mid- to late 19th century, they were joined by European Americans; immigrants from Italy, recruited to work on the plantations, as well as Jewish immigrants from Germany and eastern Europe,[why?] who tended to settle in towns and become merchants.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 1,542 square miles (3,990 km2), of which 1,173 square miles (3,040 km2) is land and 369 square miles (960 km2) (24%) is water. It is the fifth-largest parish in Louisiana by total area. The Gulf of Mexico is located to the south of the parish.
- Acadia Parish (north)
- Lafayette Parish (northeast)
- Iberia Parish (east)
- Cameron Parish (west)
- Jefferson Davis Parish (northwest)
|U.S. Decennial Census|
Home to a number of Cajun peoples, as of the census of 2000, there were 53,807 people, 19,832 households, and 14,457 families residing in the parish. The population density was 46 people per square mile (18/km²). There were 22,461 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the parish was 82.68% White, 14.17% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 1.82% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. 1.38% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 24.89% reported speaking French or Cajun French at home, while 1.64% speak Vietnamese and 1.02% Spanish.
There were 19,832 households out of which 37.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.50% were married couples living together, 13.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.10% were non-families. 23.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.16.
In the parish the population was spread out with 28.10% under the age of 18, 9.40% from 18 to 24, 28.20% from 25 to 44, 20.80% from 45 to 64, and 13.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 93.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.80 males.
The median income for a household in the parish was $29,500, and the median income for a family was $36,093. Males had a median income of $31,044 versus $18,710 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $14,201. About 17.40% of families and 22.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.00% of those under age 18 and 21.40% of those age 65 or over.
On January 8, 2018, teacher Deyshia Hargrave was asked by a marshal to leave the room after she questioned the Vermilion Parish School Board on their decision to increase the salary of superintendent Jerome Puyau but keep teacher salaries stagnant. After she walked out into the hallway, the marshal handcuffed and arrested her. The city's prosecutor and the board declined to press charges. Board president Anthony Fontana described the incident as a "set up" and blamed "the poor little woman" for the incident, saying, "She could have walked out and nothing would have happened." As a result, Fontana resigned around ten days later.
Public Schools that are run by the Vermilion Parish School Board include:
- Cecil Picard Elementary (Grades PK-5) (Maurice)
- Dozier Elementary (Grades PK-5) (Erath)
- Eaton Park Elementary (Grades PK-2) (Abbeville)
- Forked Island - E. Broussard Elementary (Grades PK-8) (Abbeville)
- Indian Bayou Elementary (Grades PK-5) (Rayne)
- James A. Herod Elementary (Grades 3-5) (Abbeville)
- Jesse Owens Elementary (Grades PK-5) (Gueydan)
- Kaplan Elementary (Grades PK-4) (Kaplan)
- Leblanc Elementary (Grades PK-5) (Abbeville)
- Meaux Elementary (Grades PK-5) (Abbeville)
- Seventh Ward Elementary (Grades PK-5) (Abbeville)
- Erath Middle (Grades 6-8) (Erath)
- J. H. Williams Middle (Grades 6-8) (Abbeville)
- North Vermilion Middle (Grades 6-8) (Maurice)
- Rene A. Rost Middle (Grades 5-8) (Kaplan)
- Abbeville High (Grades 9-12) (Abbeville)
- Erath High School (Grades 9-12) (Erath)
- Gueydan High (Grades 6-12) (Gueydan)
- Kaplan High (Grades 9-12) (Kaplan)
- North Vermilion High (Grades 9-12) (Maurice)
Vermilion Parish is also served by the Diocese of Lafayette with three schools:
- Maltrait Memorial School (Grades PK-8) (Kaplan)
- Mt. Carmel Catholic School (Grades PK-8) (Abbeville)
- Vermilion Catholic High School (Grades 9-12) (Abbeville)
Additionally, Vermilion Parish is served by two unaffiliated private school:
- Harvest Time Christian Academy (Grades PK-12) (Abbeville)
- Lighthouse Christian High School (Grades 9-12) (Abbeville)
Vermilion Parish is served by one institution of higher education:
- Home of Catherine Romaine, Vermillion Catholic Alumni and 2018-2019 Louisiana Senior State Beta Club Vice President
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- Official website
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